Spotlight Interview with Wild Light Films

photo by Spencer Henson

Switching things up for this month’s Spotlight Interview as we happily announce that we had the pleasure of chatting with wedding videographer Wild Light Films! Steven may have gotten his start as a photographer, but it didn’t take him long to realize his passion was in videography. Being a full-time videographer for a few years now, Steven has learned to stay true to himself and his art by reminding us that it’s important to do your craft based off of what YOU like and not off of whatever is currently trending. Enjoy Steven’s vulnerability, care-free spirit, and the magical wedding films that he creates.

all videos by Wild Light Films

Introduce yourself! – how long have you been shooting and how old is your business?

Hey! My name is Steven Kopacz and I am the owner, videographer, and editor of Wild Light Films. I grew up in North Florida, more specifically Tallahassee, but just most recently made the big move to Los Angeles and love it!  I actually started out with wedding photography in late 2011 but in 2014 I made the transition to video and have been shooting full time since 2015!

Describe your workspace/studio.

My workspace is a comfy sectional couch in the living room of my new 500 square-foot LA apartment!

Where do you find inspiration?

I find my inspiration through other videographers I look up to, movies I watch, and everyday life. I know to say “everyday life” is a strange way to get inspiration, but for me, I will sometimes take a step back and focus on what I’m seeing and how I’m viewing that specific moment and try to think of how It can be translated to film.

Is there any specific figure/person who has influenced your work?

There have been a ton of people that have influenced my work but to name the top would be Alberto & Yago, Costa Sisters, Shark Pig, and Humdrum Films.  They all have such different styles and techniques so I try to take what I see from them and learn from it.

What has been a memorable roadblock in your journey to becoming a successful, confident wedding videographer?

I feel like I constantly hit roadblocks because I am always trying to improve my shooting and editing.  Because of that, I’m really hard on myself and each one of the videos I produce. I never want to do something in a film just toha do it – everything I do in my shooting or edits is because I feel like it fits in that moment.  It took me a long time to figure that out but I think it really shows in how my films flow.

What are you doing to market your business to couples?

That’s a tough one but right now I’m just doing my best to stay active on social media. I find that a lot of my couples discover me from Instagram.

What are your 3 favorite questions to ask prospective clients?

I always love to hear how my couples met, their story, and what drives them. I want to get to know them better and for them to know me better before their big day.  I don’t ever want to just be a hired vendor – I want my couples to feel like they know me and are comfortable around me, it’s the only way I can get those real and organic moments.

What is your data management workflow?

I edit off of a 2TB LaCie hard drive that is always on my computer – it’s velcroed to the back of my screen. I also back up everything on two other hard drives as well as online in The Cloud. Can you tell I’m a little paranoid?

How do you keep your business organized? Do you use a client management system?

I use a studio management software online called ShootQ. I think I’d be lost without it!

How has social media affected your business?

It’s been a great tool for me to get my work in front of people that would not normally see it. I always try to tag locations and people to get my work in front of as many eyes and possible.

How have you continued your videography education?

By just trying new things and see what works and doesn’t work.  It’s hard but I try to never compare my work to others because I think it just sets you back and makes you second guess yourself.  Just do what you like and hope that others like it as well.

What is your favorite video that you’ve created?

My favorite video right now would have to be one I shot (shown below) in Palm Springs last year. The couple was super cool and it really didn’t feel like work at all.  I also shot with an amazing photography team Cody & Allison from Nashville and that made it that much better. We did a day after shoot where we drove 3 hours to the Algodones Dunes which was freaking stunning.  I’m really proud of how their wedding videos came out!

Do you have any advice for those who are just beginning to pursue a videography career?

Don’t be too hard on yourself.  I say this as advice I’m giving out but it’s also something I have to constantly tell myself.  Also, find your own voice and style, don’t do something just cause it’s cool at the moment. Do something because you genuinely like it.

Describe your editing process?

This is tough to answer because my process changes from edit to edit.  I don’t really have a set-in-stone workflow (which is probably not a good thing) but it works for me. I always try and take my time so that I’m 110% happy with what I deliver to my couples.

What’s playing in the background while you edit?

The Office!

Best advice you’ve ever received about being an artist, business person, or happy human?

In the words of Michael G. Scott, “Keep it simple, stupid.” Great advice, hurts my feeling every time.

What’s next for your business?

Just to continue to grow and make new friends along the way!

Where can people follow you and your work?

Thanks again to Steven of Wild Light Films for taking time out of wedding season to share with Photobug about his videography business!

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